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If you want to know more about San Jose State University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is San Jose State University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

San Jose State University was awarded 157 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, San Jose State is ranked #530 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

San Jose State is also ranked #48 out of 116 schools in California.

See all of the rankings for San Jose State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into San Jose State?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to San Jose State University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 67%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 86% of students accepted to San Jose State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 600. Math scores were between 500 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for San Jose State University  ( 500 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for San Jose State University  ( 500 to 610 )
San Jose State received ACT scores from 30% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for San Jose State University  ( 19 to 26 )

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San Jose State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At San Jose State University, this rate is 27 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at San Jose State University is 42%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  42 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at San Jose State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

San Jose State University has a freshmen retention rate of 87%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  87 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 9% for first-time, full-time students at San Jose State, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  9 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at San Jose State University.

Excellent Overall Diversity at San Jose State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 27,327 undergraduates at San Jose State with 23,099 being full-time and 4,228 being part-time.

San Jose State Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 86.99 out of 100, San Jose State is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  86.99 out of 100
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How Much Does San Jose State University Cost?

The overall average net price of San Jose State is $15,270. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for San Jose State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,033 $12,456 $16,690 $20,625 $23,545

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of San Jose State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At San Jose State, approximately 38% of students took out student loans averaging $5,810 a year. That adds up to $23,240 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at San Jose State is 3.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do San Jose State Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from San Jose State with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $56,100 in their early years. That's great news for San Jose State students since it is 41% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at San Jose State University make the most money.

Location of San Jose State University

San Jose State University is a public institution located in San Jose, California. The city atmosphere of San Jose makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Location of San Jose State University

Contact details for San Jose State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0001
Phone: 408-924-1000

San Jose State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 88 majors graduated from San Jose State University. Of these students, 6,826 received undergraduate degrees and 2,845 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 1,634 $47,700
General Psychology 418 $35,100
Fine & Studio Arts 341 $29,900
Computer Engineering 252 $78,500
Criminal Justice & Corrections 239 $36,900
Communication & Media Studies 236 $39,900
Public Health 218 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 193 NA
Computer Science 188 $75,000
Health & Physical Education 188 $37,600

Learn more about the majors offered at San Jose State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at San Jose State

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 10,747 students took at least one online class at San Jose State University. This is an increase from the 10,125 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 10,747 2,633
2016-2017 10,125 2,505
2015-2016 6,947 593
2014-2015 6,426 517
2013-2014 1,656 69

Learn more about online learning at San Jose State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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